Animal–Human Research Agenda Advanced with Equine Specialist’s Commitment to Foundation

Sep 20, 2013 - 4:50 AM

(CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO – September 19, 2013) The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF), an international research foundation, welcomed Pam Milner, founding partner of Spirit Program, an equine assisted learning and psychotherapy (EALP) center in Middleburg, VA, as its newest board member. Ms. Milner is also a founding partner of Spirit Serving Veterans, a program that specifically focuses on providing equine services for military veterans and their families.

HHRF funds research to advance Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAA/T). To date, HHRF has raised funds and awarded grants for seven rigorous, competitively awarded research projects investigating EAA/T’s impact on the health and wellness of people.  HHRF recently funded a project to research the impact of EAA/T on military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and is working to fund another in the near future.

Ms. Milner brings a mix of corporate know-how and hands-on EAA/T experience to the Board. She is a certified equine specialist through EAGALA who, prior to founding SPIRIT, spent more than 25 years in leadership positions within the architectural and human resources industries. Ms. Milner also has a BA degree from the University of Colorado and holds a certificate in change management from the Prosci Institute.

“The uncanny relationship between horse and human, while often unspoken, evokes emotional responses that are immediate and profoundly rewarding.  These experiences explore personal awareness in a non-threatening manner allowing us to recognize our assets and deficiencies and to learn to become better human beings,” Ms. Milner said. “HHRF research initiatives will certainly serve to educate and substantiate the unique value equine activities have to offer.”

“Pam’s appointment to the Board has been beneficial to HHRF and our efforts to fund research into EAA/T. She brings a strategic yet practical approach to challenges,” noted Lynn Shaw. “Coupled with her energy and enthusiasm, this makes Pam a welcome addition to the board.”

For more information or questions visit the HHRF website at

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